Photo: Kim Urbaniak

Forest and Nature School

We are happy to welcome the Kimberley Outdoor Learning Society’s Forest & Nature School programs as our own, effective September 2023.

Our goal is to expand Wildsight Kimberley Cranbrook’s year-round programming, while simultaneously helping the Forest & Nature School to streamline the behind-the-scenes work. But don’t worry, the programs will remain play-based, child-led, and guided by Forest and Nature School principles, as they always have been!

SPRING 2024 REGISTRATION

 

Our Programs


Snowshoe Hares Afterschool (5-13 years)
A wild after-school adventure for children in kindergarten through grade 7. Have fun exploring the forest come rain, shine, or snow! 

The Snowshoe Hares afterschool program is a place and time where children can experience and connect to the forest through repeated visits to the same locations. This less structured time will be child-led and supported by the instructors. Activities may include exploration, free play, STEAM challenges, tool use, games, and crafts.

Spring 2024: *No program running*
Timing: Mondays 2:45 – 5:00 pm
Location: This program takes place in Lois Creek Trails. We meet at Lindsay Park Elementary School playground and finish at the top of Trail Street trailhead.
Cost: $211 per child (9 weeks, no program Apr 22)  


Deer and Fawn Parented Play (0-5 years)
Learn and explore in the outdoors together through games, storytelling, and crafts. Activities are inspired by the children’s interests.  We meet rain, shine, or snow to explore the sights, sounds, smells, and textures of the natural world in all seasons.

For children aged 0 – 5 years old and their carers; ideally geared for those comfortable walking in weather-appropriate gear (eg. rain boots or snow boots). Younger children are welcome, but please note that many activities may be more difficult for children who aren’t yet walking. 

Spring 2024: Apr 12 – Jun 14 (subject to sufficient registration)
Timing: Fridays 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Location: This program takes place in Lois Creek Trails at the far end of Townsite, where Fernie Street meets 8th Ave.
Cost: $122 per family (9 weeks, no program Apr 19)
Please note: Minimum 1 parent/guardian must be present with your dependents. Some activities may be more difficult for children who aren’t yet walking.


Wolf Cubs Unparented Play (3-5 years)
Fun adventures in the forest! Wolf Cubs is an unparented program for children from 3 years (who are walking confidently and potty trained) up to school age. Explore, play, and make friends!

Wolf Cubs is about helping children build confidence and social skills through reassuring routines and child-led activities, exploring, and playing. 

We meet rain, shine, or snow to explore the sights, sounds, smells, and textures of the natural world in all seasons. Activities may include splashing in streams, building, mud play, creative games, free play, stories, and crafts. Wolf Cubs also experiment with tool work and beneficial risk-taking.  

Spring 2024: Apr 9 – Jun 11 (subject to sufficient registration)
Timing: Tuesdays 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Location: This program takes place in Lois Creek Trails at the far end of Townsite, where Fernie Street meets 8th Ave.
Cost: $230 per child (9 weeks, no program Apr 23)


Ravens Full Day (5-13 years)
As wise, creative birds, ravens travel their own unique paths through life. In this homeschool support group for kindergarten to grade 7, students will soar widely and deepen their horizons exploring and connecting with the forest across the seasons.  

Ravens will spend the full day in the forest engaging in exploration, games, group activities, and STEAM challenges. Ravens have lots of time for free play, supported by some instructor-led activities and reflection time. 

Spring 2024: Biweekly Fridays, April 5 & 19, May 3, 17 & 31, June 14 (subject to sufficient registration)
Timing: 1:00 – 5:00 pm every other Friday
Location:
2023/2024 programs will take place in Lois Creek Trails, starting and ending at the top of Trail Street trailhead.
Cost: $45 per single day (if you are interested in single days, please email kim@wildsight.ca)
Please note: Late arrivals are welcome, to accommodate various public school end times. Parents will be responsible for getting their child to the program. Email kim@wildsight.ca if you have any questions.


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Upcoming Kimberley Cranbrook events

Forest and Nature School: Spring 2024 Programs

April 5 - June 17

Using play-based, child-led, emergent curriculum, young explorers are offered time and space to build, play, and engage with one another. With regular and repeated access to nature across every season the children become the magic themselves, showing us what an amazing teacher nature is herself.

Plant-based Potluck

Saturday, June 22

We invite you to join us for a plant-based potluck to share dishes, recipes, and knowledge with members of the Kimberley Cranbrook community!

Camp Odyssey 2024

July 8 - August 23

Our incredibly popular Camp Odyssey will be back in the summer of 2024! Camp Odyssey offers weeklong day camps and single-day camps throughout July and August in Kimberley and Cranbrook. This is a great opportunity to have your children outside, in a safe, structured, and fun environment.

E-Bike Raffle 2024

Thursday, August 29

For our 2024 E-Bike Raffle, we are offering the chance to win one Liv Amiti E+ 3 — all you have to do is pick your destination and enjoy the journey!

Kimberley Farmers' Market 2024

June 20 - September 19

The Kimberley Farmers' Market will be serving up fresh produce from local farmers, crafts from local artisans, live music, and delicious food for you to enjoy each Thursday throughout the summer!

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Join The Team

Want to protect wildlife, clean water and wild spaces? Volunteer with us! Wildsight volunteers are a very special group of people who give generously of their time to stuff envelopes, attend rallies, help run events, put up posters, keep tabs on forestry practices in their communities and participate in citizen science initiatives.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Branch Information

Contact

97 Wallinger Ave
Kimberley, BC V1A 1Y6

Office Hours: Tuesday to Thursday, 9:00 am to 2:30 pm (by appointment only)
Phone: 250-427-2535

kimcran@wildsight.ca